I do not aim to be callous. I feel for those who have great fears of
things which should not be fearful. It is sad. But, when you are
playing for a million dollars and have already bungee-jumped and
avoided treacherous and deadly cheese-wheel projectiles, a couple of
laps in a pool shouldn't be terribly daunting. The Amazing Race 14 hit
a snag last night, in my mind, because we watched a couple of teams
"heroically" conquer their fear of water. Of course, there's nothing
heroic about struggling to swim laps in a pool, especially when life
jackets were available. Kisha and Jen eventually conquered the placid
waters of the Beijing Natatorium, but it took a lot of self-doubt and
tears to get there. It would have been fitting had the sisters been
eliminated from The Amazing Race as a result, but instead they were saved by the
fake-out Pit Stop.
Tammy and Victor also made fools of themselves last night. Tammy professed to being a poor swimmer, which is fine - not everyone is a natural. But, really, how long should it have taken the siblings to figure out that the synchronized diving was nearly impossible? No matter how slow you swim, even if you just hold on to the lanes and crawl down the pool, the swimming couldn't take more than twenty minutes total. Why it took so long for them to figure it out is baffling.
Haven't we all agreed that people should know the basics of swimming at this point. No matter where you live, there's a chance you'll find yourself around water eventually. Not knowing how to swim is a serious life risk. I like Jen just fine, but I can't make sense of why she was crying so much. What was she scared of? SHE WAS ALLOWED TO WEAR A LIFE JACKET!!! Her and Kisha got a quarter of the way through the swimming task, a task they could have taken as much time on as they wanted, and then audibled to diving. The only reasonable explanation for such idiocy is an extreme lack of sleep, which I suppose is possible, but even then, you're playing for a million dollars! The adrenaline has to be pumping.
Who would have predicted that, down to the final four, Cara and Jaime would be the most likable team. Jen and Kisha, no matter who you side with in the Luke scuffle, didn't handle that situation as well as they should have, and have also been known to make slightly offensive xenophobic remarks. Margie and Luke have been rubbing me the wrong way for a few weeks. Being deaf doesn't give a person license to be a dick. And, then you have Tammy and Victor who, though they've been better lately, are still a veritable fountain of annoyance.
So, not only am I rooting for Jaime and Cara right now, I think they have a very good chance to become the first all-female team to win The Amazing Race.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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